Local science whizz jetting off to fix the world

Aimee Basson is tackling the world's problems with a fresh perspective.

Tackling the world’s problems requires a fresh perspective.

This is a challenge Ballito’s 17-year-old Aimee Basson is taking on through the New York Academy of Science (NYAS) – one of the oldest scientific institutions in America.

Basson was selected as one of 1 360 youths worldwide (and the only South African) to take part in a program offered by NYAS Junior Academy.

“They are bringing students and experts together from around the world to have a fresh look at solutions for some of the big problems facing humanity today,” Basson said.

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Some of the topics they have explored include: nutrition for women and children in India, aerospace technology and climate change, among others.

Basson said she first found out about NYAS on Instagram, of all places.

“I saw the opportunity to be a lifelong member of the Academy and I could not pass it up.

“I did not think I would be selected, but I took the chance and here I am.”

Basson is a pupil at Destiny Life Academy and enjoys biology, maths, science, English and history. She said her heroes were Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

“Specifically Elon Musk, because of the innovative way he approaches technology and trying to save the planet.”

She will be travelling to New York in July next year for the NYAS summit and is appealing for help to get there.

To help Aimee, visit her Back-a-Buddy web page: ‘Big Dreams to Big Apple’ and make a donation. Their target is R150 000.

At the summit in New York next year, Aimee will be hoping to be selected as one of the global winners.

“The winners will get all their expenses paid for the trip to New York, so if I win I will donate all the money raised to support me to local charities,” she vowed.

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Allan Troskie
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